Of course. I mean, seriously people!
An average of 8.3 million viewers watch Game of Thrones each week. With those kinds of numbers, you can imagine that a third season of the hit HBO series was an easy sell for the network. The network and its series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are, I'm sure, ecstatic to remain the Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin business. From Michael Lombardo, head of programming at the network via Coming Soon:
"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season - and then surpassed them," said Lombardo. "We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season."
If I recall, during the panel during SDCC last year, Weiss noted that any potential third season would likely not line up exactly with the books given the length of the source novel, A Storm of Swords. Weiss seemed to hint at the time that the third book might necessitate being spread out over two seasons, although if that were the case, I suspect we would have heard an announcement about season 4 along with today's news.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 EST on HBO and you can catch regular updates, news, and recaps here every week.
[Source: Coming Soon]